Biden tiptoes around socialism

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Thin-skinned Marxists ought to be more stand-up about their credo

Joe Biden has conducted nearly 200 TV interviews since his VP nomination two months ago, but experienced nothing like what he encountered when sitting down with a local Florida TV station.

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WFTV’s Barbara West, an Orland anchorwoman, grilled Biden on everything from his running mate’s connections to Acorn to his statement that Obama would be “tested” by an international crisis and may make decisions that don’t immediately seem like the right ones — and even quoted Karl Marx to ask how Obama would be any different from the Communist founder who favored redistributing wealth to society’s underclass.

“Is this a joke?” Biden asked after the Marxism line. “Is that a real question?” West assured him that it was.

West later asked if Obama wanted to make the United States a socialist country “like Sweden,” and whether Biden’s “tested” remarks meant that Obama’s leadership would result in the United States losing it’s status as the world’s lone superpower.

“I don’t know who’s writing your questions,” Biden replied.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that the Obama campaign pulled Biden’s wife Jill from a scheduled appearance on the station, and limited WFTV’s access to other members of the ticket.

In response, Biden spokesman David Wade said in a statement “Joe Biden welcomes tough questions every single day, and in fact he’s done over 180 interviews since he was selected as the Democratic vice presidential nominee, whereas I can count on my fingers and toes the number of interviews Gov Palin has done.”

“Every day, including today, he’ll keep doing interviews - 7 more this very Monday; and the suggestion that we’ve canceled further interviews as a result is pure malarkey,” Wade said.

“Joe Biden, however bemused by questions that seemed to channel Rush Limbaugh’s wildest fantasies, knocked that interview out of the park and has received over 200k emails congratulating him.

Biden addressed the interview at an event in North Carolina - saying it’s one more example of how “mean” the campaign has gotten.

“I was on a television station the other day doing a satellite fed to a major network in Florida, and the anchor quotes Karl Marx, and says in a sense, isn’t Barack Obama Karl Marx,” he said. “I mean, folks, this stuff you’re hearing, this stuff you’re hearing in this campaign, some of it’s pretty ugly. And some of the innuendo is pretty ugly.”

“Ladies and gentlemen, those of you who support us, when this is over if God willing we win, we have to reach out to those folks. We have to bring this country together. That’s why, that’s why I have been asking John McCain, we should end, we should end this scurrilous phone calls which lie about Barack’s record, and also question his character,” Biden said.


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